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Secretary Of State Hillary Clinton Returns To Work After Hospitalization

The State Department released this photo of Hillary Clinton at a meeting on Jan. 7, 2013. (credit: State Department)

The State Department released this photo of Hillary Clinton at a meeting on Jan. 7, 2013. (credit: State Department)

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WASHINGTON (CBSNewYork/AP) — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton returned to work on Monday, after a month-long absence caused first by a stomach virus, then a fall and a concussion and finally a brief hospitalization for a blood clot near her brain.

Clinton presided over a senior staff meeting, the first she has convened since early December before contracting the stomach bug after returning from a trip to Europe on Dec. 7.

The illness forced her to cancel a planned visit to North Africa and the Middle East and left her severely dehydrated. While at home, she fainted, fell and suffered a concussion that was diagnosed by doctors on Dec. 20. During a follow up exam on Dec. 30, doctors discovered a blood clot in a vein that runs between the skull and brain.

Staffers presented her with a gag gift – a football helmet with a State Department insignia – upon her return.

Secretary Of State Hillary Clinton was presented with a surprise gift when she returned to work on Jan. 7, 2013. (credit: State Department)

Secretary Of State Hillary Clinton was presented with a surprise gift when she returned to work on Jan. 7, 2013. (credit: State Department)

Secretary Of State Hillary Clinton was presented with a surprise gift - a helmet - when she returned to work on Jan. 7, 2013. (credit: State Department)

Secretary Of State Hillary Clinton was presented with a surprise gift – a helmet – when she returned to work on Jan. 7, 2013. (credit: State Department)

Secretary Of State Hillary Clinton was presented with a surprise gift - a 112 jersey - when she returned to work on Jan. 7, 2013. (credit: State Department)

Secretary Of State Hillary Clinton was presented with a surprise gift – a 112 jersey, referring to the number of countries she visited- when she returned to work on Jan. 7, 2013. (credit: State Department)

She was admitted to New York-Presbyterian Hospital the same day for treatment with blood thinners and released last Wednesday.

Clinton is expected to resign from the State Department soon. President Barack Obama has nominated Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry to replace her.

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